The government nowadays has finally realized the role “Health” plays and the impact it brings to the country, hence, they’ve been allotting more thoughts, time, effort and budget to promote good health and provide better health services to its people. Programs such as those aiming to improve the result of health indices have been widely promoted and as much as possible are given free for everyone to avail, especially those that involves maternal and child health. Programs such as those for dental health, prenatal, immunization, deworming, for hypertension, and others are made available. But, even with all these efforts, the goal will not be achieved without the participation of the people.
Based on the survey we conducted in our community, 62% of those that we have interviewed are not aware of the availability of these health services. This is a significant number considering that in achieving good health, the people and the health service providers must cooperate with one another. However, in far flunked areas where sources of information such as the media, the televisions and the like are a luxury, it is possible that the people are naïve to the existence of health services. Some may know but are afraid to avail because they think that they have to pay for it when in fact it is free for everyone or at most pay a very low cost prize for it.
“Not knowing” is a dangerous thing as it plays a domino effect. When the people are not aware, they will deprive themselves of health services unnecessarily. It’s not that these people have poor health seeking behavior. I believe that they are actually people who are enthusiastic to improve their health status but doesn’t how without sacrificing financially. Because they “do not know” their health also starts to deteriorate. Diseases that are supposedly curable or preventable, progress and the people suffer unnecessarily. Realizing this sad truth, we acknowledged this problem and vow to do our best to work with the people and help them know and understand what was made for them.
Fatimah Efthihar Karanain
LEVEL I ADZU-SOM